Funds needed for new cen­tre

Com­mu­nity hall could be re­placed

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com www.get­bucks.co.uk

DIREC­TORS of a com­mu­nity cen­tre have dis­cussed knock­ing down the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing build­ing and cre­at­ing a new fa­cil­ity.

Chal­font St Peter Com­mu­nity Cen­tre at Mill Meadow in Gravel Hill was built in the 60s and has re­mained popular with vil­lage groups since.

John Wertheim, a di­rec­tor of the cen­tre’s trust Chal­font St Peter Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion (CSPCA), has de­scribed the struc­ture as be­ing ‘past its point of no re­turn’ due to leaks and other nec­es­sary re­pairs.

Mr Wertheim said: “It is past its sell by date in terms of re­quire­ments for re­fur­bish­ment, things are be­gin­ning to fall apart.

“Some­thing has to be done about it. The prob­lem is that re­plac­ing it could take up to 10 years.

“There is no money avail­able at all (from Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil and Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil) so the whole thing would have to be funded by lo­cal funds, that is where the big climb is go­ing to have to come in.”

The direc­tors hope to send out a ques­tion­naire ask­ing what its cur­rent users want. They can then de­cide how to ob­tain fund­ing and carry out plans to re­place the build­ing.

Mr Wertheim added: “It is im­por­tant Chal­font St Peter has a com­mu­nity cen­tre that it can be proud of.”

CSPCA held its an­nual meet­ing at the cen­tre on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19, when pro­pos­als to re­place the build­ing were heard.

The cen­tre holds a lease from Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil (CDC) which costs £5,500 a year and ex­pires in 2025. Fi­nance di­rec­tor Peter Par­tridge is wait­ing for a re­ply from CDC after ask­ing the au­thor­ity for another 100 years’ lease.

Mr Par­tridge said: “Be­fore we can spend money de­sign­ing a cen­tre, we have to have as­sur­ance we can get an ex­ten­sion to the lease.”

Chal­font St Peter erected a Memo­rial Hall to hon­our fallen sol­diers after the First World War. It served the com­mu­nity at the cor­ner of Mar­ket Place and Church Lane un­til 1957 when a larger fa­cil­ity was needed.

Bucks County Coun­cil built the cur­rent cen­tre be­tween 1961 and 1962 on the site in Gravel Hill.

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